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Caribbean Life, JULY 2-8, 2021 29
By Nelson A. King
After finishing the First Round of
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying
(WCQ) for Qatar 2022, with one victory,
Guyana will be out to turn things
around, beginning with their date on
Saturday, July 3 versus Guatemala in
the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Prelims.
According to CONCACAF, the Golden
Jaguars reached the Prelims by virtue
of a second-place finish in their group
in League B of the 2019-20 CONCACAF
Nations League (CNL).
The three top scorers from that CNL
campaign, Trayon Bobb, Emery Welshman
and Sheldon Holder, have all been
included in Head Coach Marcio Maximo’s
final 23-man roster, CONCACAF
It said Bobb had four goals during
the six CNL matches, while Welshman
and Holder “each chipped in” with a
pair of goals.
“Guyana are already well versed in
the nuances of Gold Cup competition,
having qualified for the 2019 edition
and earning their first-ever Gold Cup
point in a 1-1 group stage draw with
Trinidad and Tobago,” CONCACAF said.
“There is also a good presence of players
with experience in some of the highest
levels of English football, including
Bolton Wanderers DFs (defenders) Liam
Gordon and Reiss Greenidge, along
with Queens Park Rangers MF (midfielder)
Stephen Duke-McKenna and
Bournemouth pair MF Nathan Moriah-
Welsh and FW (forward) Connor Kurran
Browne,” it added.
CONCACAF said one player that could
become one of the revelations of the
Prelims round is 17-year-old FW Omari
Glasgow of Fruta Conquerors FC.
Glasgow already has three international
caps and scored in Guyana’s 4-0
WCQ win over Bahamas.
“It remains to be seen who Maximo
will opt for in goal, but veteran Akel
Clarke could well get the nod after
being the No.1 for the Golden Jaguars
in two Gold Cup matches in 2019 and
was the co-leader in saves (8) during
the CNL,” CONCACAF said.
By Azad Ali
Former West Indies Captain, Jason
Holder has been toppled from the top
of the all-rounders chart.
The 29-year-old Holder has slipped
behind new leader, India’s Ravindra
Jadeja, after losing 28 rating points,
following his lackluster performance
in the just concluded Test series
against South Africa.
As part of his disappointing performance
by the home side, Holder
managed 34 runs from four innings
and took six wickets at 24 runs apiece
with his fast medium bowling.
However, he remains the highest
ranked West Indies bowler at number
Meanwhile, Kemar Roach was
West Indies’ leading bowler with nine
wickets at an average of 17, an effort
which saw him jump one place to
12th in the bowlers rankings.
The 32-year-old Barbadian now
has 223 Text wickets which saw him
jump one place to 12th in the bowling
rankings, eight on the all-time
list of Windies wicket-takers behind
the legendary Sir Gary Sobers in
Team Guyana pose prior to the Concacaf Nations League B tournament
match between Jamaica and Guyana at the Montego Bay Sports Complex
in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Nov. 18, 2019. CONCACAF/Ricardo Makyn, File
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